I've often wondered why most of us only eat turkey during holidays. It's delicious, and figure friendly since it is very low in fat and high in protein. The benefits of buying a turkey post holidays is it is very inexpensive, and there's no pressure for a grand dinner.
We recently bought a 13lb turkey for $0.79/lb. Roasted it, then made a very modest dinner plate of turkey breasts with gravy, stuffing, and brussel sprouts. There's plenty of turkey and stuffing leftover, so I decided to make pot pies.
First, I tore chunks of meat off the thighs and put it in a crockpot with carrots, celery, onions, chicken broth and a little flour for thickening. I let that simmer for about 4 hours on high.
Just before my fiance came home from work, I turned the oven to 350F. I took leftover stuffing and made stuffing patties that would fit as a cover in my oven safe bowls.
Turkey stew mixture is laddled into the bowls. Be careful not to fill the mixture to the top. When it goes in the oven, it will bubble up a bit. If you overfill, you will end up with a mess!
Stuffing patties fitted in the bowl.
Pot pies put in the 350F oven for about 15-20 minutes until the stuffing is crispy.
Recipe is here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/
(The sodium total is high because I used the default spark chicken broth for the recipe ingredient. I make my own chicken broth, which has zero sodium, so the sodium total is about half if you use your own.)
Here are the calorie and nutrition totals for my pot pie:
Compare to a Hungry Man Pot Pie:
If you prefer a more 'traditional' pot pie, then just make a small quantity of puff pastry instead of the stuffing. To make it lower calorie pot pie, cover only the top, and don't make the pastry filling for the inside.
So this is a 'man meal', but with figure friendly calories and nutrition. My fiance made no complaints about being hungry or 'diet food' after finishing a bowl!